Cost of Living in Cebu

Summary of cost of living in Cebu, Philippines:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 242.50 ₱ 150.00-337.10
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,100.00 ₱ 800.00-1,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 200.00 ₱ 150.00-230.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 82.50 ₱ 60.00-112.37
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 170.00 ₱ 100.00-224.73
Cappuccino (regular) 149.67 ₱ 65.00-250.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 42.00 ₱ 25.00-58.99
Water (12 oz small bottle) 28.35 ₱ 17.00-50.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 385.48 ₱ 302.83-416.40
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 66.34 ₱ 45.36-120.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 24.04 ₱ 20.41-29.48
Eggs (regular) (12) 118.67 ₱ 50.40-144.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 244.94 ₱ 63.50-526.17
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 133.70 ₱ 68.04-158.76
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 189.56 ₱ 149.69-260.94
Apples (1 lb) 86.94 ₱ 27.22-113.40
Banana (1 lb) 32.15 ₱ 22.68-54.43
Oranges (1 lb) 113.04 ₱ 27.22-181.44
Tomato (1 lb) 50.18 ₱ 11.34-90.72
Potato (1 lb) 54.43 ₱ 18.14-77.11
Onion (1 lb) 98.66 ₱ 36.29-136.08
Lettuce (1 head) 60.00 ₱ 30.00-90.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 40.86 ₱ 30.00-50.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 400.00 ₱ 200.00-700.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 69.26 ₱ 55.00-100.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 133.33 ₱ 80.00-200.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 150.00 ₱ 120.00-155.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 14.00 ₱ 12.00-25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 850.00 ₱
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 42.00 ₱ 40.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 23.34 ₱ 20.92-64.37
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 150.00 ₱ 150.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 265.01 ₱ 239.81-321.76
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,700,000.00 ₱
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,058,500.00 ₱ 800,000.00-1,317,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 6,082.14 ₱ 4,200.00-10,000.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 2,299.20 ₱ 500.00-2,499.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,172.45 ₱ 1,600.00-2,809.18
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,716.67 ₱ 900.00-2,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 362.50 ₱ 100.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 ₱ 250.00-400.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 5,979.17 ₱ 3,750.00-30,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 132,500.00 ₱ 80,000.00-400,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,542.86 ₱ 1,500.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,366.67 ₱ 800.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 4,000.00 ₱ 3,000.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,583.33 ₱ 3,000.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 27,500.00 ₱ 20,000.00-40,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 14,000.00 ₱ 10,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 35,000.00 ₱ 25,000.00-50,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 23,666.67 ₱ 20,000.00-30,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 18,339.61 ₱ 13,935.34-25,083.61
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,537.57 ₱ 4,645.11-7,999.93
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 22,121.38 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 7.67 4.00-9.00

Prices in Cebu

This city had 235 entries in the past 12 months by 39 different contributors.
Last update: February 2024
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13 Comments so far
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2023:
Philippines is a sht hole full of inbreds disease's and nasty women that stink like SHT.
Golub on Feb 28, 2023:
Ok, so for everyone to know. Philippines are so overpriced. Everything is 2, maybe 3 times more expensive than in Europe.
I live here and all i can say is that for a studio, which is positioned in bad area, because they are all bad, in middle of barangas, (poor people neighbourhood), price is 450$ without expenses
Now, only reason Americans come here is to sleep with young girls, because with money here, you can do whatever you want. Americans don't have lives in their own country and we all know that. Here they act big shoots even they can barely afford this life.
Philippians are cheap, you can sleep with any girl. Also you can find decent girls but mostly not.
Philippine guys are all hustlers! All of them , so you will have everyone trying to hustle you,you must be smart.
Everybody are nice but because they want your money, so basically hypocrites.
Groceries are incredibly expensive, for example, 10$ for kg of onions...
Enjoy your stay
Anonymous on Sep 16, 2022:
I want to take a break from Western life and live in Cebu for 6 months. I'm only bringing 6K usd.
Ian on Jun 15, 2022:
A Good apartment in Cebu city centre is about 25,000 (2 bedroom with pool). Plus bills ie Electric/ WiFi & water...on top
Cheap if you eat local food ..70,000 pesos needed for none drinkers / smoker couple.
TalisayForeigner on Mar 21, 2022:
Things here are more expensive than in east europe. Most things in the mall is more expensive (about 1-2x the price in East Europe). Rent is same or less expensive if you are lucky to find a nice place for good price (stay away from overpriced and small box condos). Electricity is about 2x more than price in east europe, so if your aircon is old get ready to pay 150 eur just for AC electricity.
Superman on Mar 08, 2021:
To those comments who don't like in cebu, please don't come back & go to CHINA Leave there, I think you are free in CHINA. Some are talking about the Duterd he is not forever leader in this Country, he follow how corrupt leader in America not to go to jail. You know what I mean, THINK
AA bbq on Jan 08, 2021:
Basically it's 25k / $500 for an underfurnished studio in most buildings in the center now.
Anonymous on Dec 09, 2020:
Hey Anonymous post November 27. You don't live in the Philippines at all so cut the BS you philippino.All foreigners know how Philippine citizens really are especially philippinas.They will jump in bed with their relatives for a few pesos but philippinas normally give it away for free to relatives.
Anonymous on Nov 27, 2020:
I just cann't believe the bullshit written here about Cebu and the Philippines.
I come and live here for more then 40 yrs, never lost a dime, never had any problems ( dont drink with Filippino guys).People are truelly friendly and willing to help, never even had a taxi trying to
Rip me off in Cebu.
Life is good and affordable.
Anonymous on Oct 20, 2020:
The Philippines is a nation of unique people, where the one-eyed man is king in the land of the blind.
In the Philippines you throw a dead bacteria on the street and it will multiply.
In the West, if you are not prepared for the winter you die of hunger and cold.
This is what sets cultures apart, the effort it takes to live.
Everything comes easy and people are easily pleased.
This is a culture of relationships not logic. Doing it right is not a priority. Doing it wrong is a chance to work another day.
One thing that is amazing is that everything is done by taking it easy.
If you are logical, result oriented and structured, stay away, you will die of stress.
If you want to take another look at life and live at a soft pace and you have what it takes to support yourself, find a wife, find a beach or a mountain, grow vegetables, have a chicken and a goat and live the life.
Every culture has its special treats and unpleasantries.
The Philippines and Cebu give you a blend of highly organized chaos and a way of life where simple things bring happiness.
Anonymous on Sep 23, 2020:
#Shaun you lived in all the wrong places then
Mill.Dominic on May 27, 2020:
Success is to simplify complex problems and then do it.
Shaun on Apr 30, 2020:
I have lived in the Philippines for12 years, it is a dump...pollution everywhere, 90% people try scam u, everything sold is from China....half of things u buy break in days....no refunds or exchanges in the Philippines... Most people here have no common sense or independent thinking, they follow the herd, they will scam or steal from u given half a chance...no infrastructure, power out all the time, water cut off or restricting water flow to a trickle... I hate this country and am finally taking my wife and 3 children abroad to live.... Schools r a joke, send all my children to private Catholic school and they get taught nothing....and I mean nothing, teachers here just pass them on.....no one in the Philippines will take responsibility for anything, this is the land of "Sorry Sir", their Way of not assuming responsibility for anything... I am a U.S.Merchant Marine and have traveled the world, lived in different countries and this is definitely the land of ignorance...